What Can Cause Work Related Hearing Loss?
Occupational hearing loss is often the result of exposure to loud noise at work over an extended period of time. As a result, it’s particularly common among people who have regularly used heavy duty machinery as part of their work, such as people working in call centres, engineering, manufacturing, shipbuilding and construction.
However, it can also be the consequence of a one-off exposure to a loud noise, such as an explosion or a sudden high frequency sound. Known as “acoustic shock”, this type of hearing loss is especially common among those who wear headsets at work, such as call centre operators.
In most cases of occupational hearing loss, it can be many years until a person notices that their hearing has deteriorated. Furthermore, many people may not immediately link it to their work, and believe it is a natural consequence of ageing.
However, our Industrial Disease Solicitors can arrange for you to undergo an assessment by an independent medical expert. This can be essential for helping us gauge the severity of your condition and what additional care and resources you need to deal with it, which in turn helps us value your claim accurately.
Once we have a medical report and a valuation of your hearing loss claim, we can then approach the party you hold responsible seeking compensation.
While work related hearing loss cannot be cured, steps can be taken to help you manage the condition, such as wearing hearing aids. The cost of obtaining these could be included in our valuation of your compensation claim, so you have the means of paying for the hearing aids you need.